Monthly Archives: November 2013

On Sunday, November 10, the James R. Hickey Post #120 of the American Legion, hosted a birthday party for the US Marines.  It has been said that any country with “Marines”, celebrates the US Marine birthday of November 10. Quite a tribute.

Happy Birthday Marines

Happy Birthday Marines

Past Commander Klaeysen is notably proud of his time in "the Corps"
Past Commander Klaeysen is notably proud of his time in “the Corps”

Bsrney and Will prepare to cut the cake for all in attendance to enjoy

Bsrney and Will prepare to cut the cake for all in attendance to enjoy

Still serving, that's what the Legion and its members do.  Thanks Marines
Still serving, that’s what the Legion and its members do. Thanks Marines

 

Stories and experiences are shared

Bill Campbell, US Navy

Bill Campbell, US Navy

Bob Trox, US Army, and four time Post Commander, shares stories with Dave Jankowski, (USAF) Post Adjutant
Bob Trox, (US Army), and four time Post Commander, shares stories with Dave Jankowski, (USAF) Post Adjutant

Ann Guest, Current Post Commander and a US Navy veteran is a great listener when the stories  are being told.
Ann Guest, Current Post Commander and a US Navy veteran is a great listener when the stories are being told.

The generations share the common bond

The generations share the common bond

Ray Jenkins, USAF, current Corporation President and Post Finance Officer just shared something with Dave Bannister (US Navy)

Ray Jenkins, USAF, current Corporation President and Post Finance Officer just shared something with Dave Bannister (US Navy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the evening’s activities were mostly lighthearted, the real meaning of this Veterans Day is never far from the thoughts of the men and women veterans of our community and nation. Ray Freyn, (US Navy) and District #7 Chaplain, Department of NY, attended a Veterans Day activity at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse today, where 80 different units from around the state marched in review to remember those who gave their all.  Earlier in the day, Palmyra Post members attended the burial ceremony of the young MIA from Phelps who had been found in a mass grave in the Chosin Reservoir area of Korea. Killed in action and not found for 63 years, he was not forgotten. That is the key to Veterans Day. “All gave some but some gave all”. Someone once said that…”no man is ever dead until he is forgotten.” We will not forget.

Also recognized at the Veterans dinner on Saturday evening, November 9 were the three young men who attended Boys’ State, sponsored by the James R. Hickey Post #120.  The young men and their families, were invited to the dinner and asked, by Boys State coordinator Jim Arthurton, to share some of their more memorable experiences from the summer’s adventure.102_0530

Each young man offered his most memorable experience

Each young man offered his most memorable experience

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Veterans Day Extends to Week of Recognition and Thanks

During the week leading up to Veterans Day, the local veterans of the James R. Hickey Post #120 of the American Legion, Department of New York, were treated to a number of special events, hosted by various appreciative groups.  Palmyra-Macedon schools invited veterans to be honored by their children in various ways: music, art, recognition, food and interviews were themes explored by various grade levels.

On Saturday evening, November 9, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion, worked together to prepare and offer a Veterans Day meal that will be long remembered.  Attended by the largest number of Veterans in recent history, the Auxiliary and SAL served nearly one hundred veterans at the Post and also delivered nearly twenty meals to the homes of Veterans unable to come to the Post.  However, set next to the head table was a small table upon which was a single place setting; set there as a reminder of those of our comrades who could not attend.  They are the MIA’s, still missing from our midst.

The entirely home-made meal of pork loin, mashed potatoes, oven-roasted vegetables, applesauce, rolls, and at least eight different desserts, was a wonderful presentation given a standing ovation by the men and women of this Veteran organization.

Highlighting the feast was the key-note speaker, Marine Major William Santmyer, a Pal-Mac graduate who has gone on from our community to serve our nation in the JAG Corps.  He spoke to the assembled group about how, as a JAG member, he had been charged with attempting to bring the “rule of law” to a desolate and difficult area of Afghanistan where the poppy fields are the principal source of income for some, including the Taliban and others.  Working alongside Afghan political and tribal leaders, their National Police, our British allies and with embedded State Department officials and others, Major Santmyer was responsible to make the best of a very difficult situation where the goals of the many groups were not easily identifiable.

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Marine Major William Santmyer and retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Furgeson shared some conversation at the dinner sponsored by the Auxiliary and SAL of the James R. Hickey Post #120, American Legion, Palmyra, NY.

 

As you can see in the picture, Marine Major Santmyer served his command in an exemplary fashion and the medals across his dress blues attest to his success.